DIY Bookmarks and Repurposing Old Books

A popular post on Facebook these days is the statement “What are you reading?” It is a good conversation starter. I enjoy reading but I absolutely love books in general! I learned to love books as a child when my parents gave be Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women for Christmas when I was about 9 years old. That remains my all time favorite book. It is a story of courage, hope, love and family.

Reading is knowledge

 The Friends of the Library annual Old Book Sale in Macon, Ga. is this week which is why I have books on my heart right now. I have composed a collection of some of my favorite DIY Bookmarks and Repurposing projects for old books. It is just too hard to consider throwing away an old damaged book so creatively repurposing them is awesome, not to mention a cheap project!

If you are in the area, the info for the Friends of the Library Old Book Sale being held at Central City Park in Macon, Ga. follows:

  • February 27-March 2, 2014.
  • Thur. and Fri. 10-7,
  • Sat. 10-5
  • Sun. noon -5.

El’s Journey created these Ribbon Book Marks by repurposing old tissue boxes! Super simple to make with only scissors, ribbon, glue and the tissue boxes.

Els Ribbon book marks Make Your Own Bookmarks

Tally’s Treasury made these adorable and quite popular Page Corner Bookmarks.

Tallystreasury Monster Bookmarks Make Your Own Bookmarks

These can be made with only paper, scissors, glue, pencil and a few decorative pieces of your choice. A nice twist to this page corner bookmark is to make them with any decorative paper, without the monster eyes. Be creative!

 If you go onto Pinterest and search for ‘craft stick bookmarks’ you will find a plethora of ideas. This was one of my favorites though. These cute little Craft Stick Bookmarks are demonstrated by The supplies needed are;

  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Acrylic craft paint: yellow, pink, peach, silver, and black
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Fine point black permanent marker
  • Acrylic sealer

Craftsbyamanda Craft Stick bookmarks

Craftsbyamanda Craft Stick bookmarks Avengers


I really like the possibilities of the Hairband bookmarker, so many colors and patterns to choose from! This simple tutorial is shared by Mish Mashed Mama. There is sewing involved but only a couple of stitches by hand.


  • Button
  • Needle & Thread
  • Ribbon about 17″ long (if you read really big books you might want to allow a couple extra inches)
  • Child’s hairband
Hairband bookmark by has a very easy tutorial on how to make Magnetic bookmarkers. There are several more options available on Pinterest for the magnetic book markers, some a little more labor intensive than others, none too difficult. These were the most simple instructions I saw. You can pretty yours up with all sorts of pretty paper!


  • Cardstock (if you’re not a scrapbooker or paper crafter, just head into any craft store and buy a sheet or two of scrapbooking paper. They are less than a dollar each. You could also use a page from an old calendar or a thick, glossy magazine page, a piece of an old greeting card, etc etc) The thinner paper works, but not as well. Just so you know.
  • Magnetic tape. (this comes in a roll and it goes a long way. I got mine at Michael’s but some Wal-Marts have it too.)
  • Corner rounder (optional)
  • paper trimmer (or a ruler and scissors if you’re so inclined) Magnetic bookmarkers

~ The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.  ~Mark Twain

 These magnetic bookmarks were made by Craftinge.blogspot using Washi tape!

 A little more complicated but amazingly beautiful are these Hymn Page Feather’s over at


  • Hymn pages  (music sheets, dictionary pages, book pages
  •  Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Wire cutters
  •  Cloth stem wire wire 22 gauge (mine was 45 cms long)
  •  Piece of card for the template
  • A pencil
Hymnal Feather by Todolwen


Just a few great ways to repurpose old books! I cannot bear the thoughts of throwing a book! Can you? You may enjoy some of these projects designed by some creative folks. has this wonderful, simple tutorial on how to make a purse or file folder using old book binders and manila folders. has a nice tutorial on a similar project from above. I happen to own one of those dilapidated accordion files which this would be a good project for. It is a little more labor intensive but definitely worth it in the end.

Repurposed book accordion file folder by Just Something I Made

I found it over at but it originally came from HGTV. This creative repurposed book lamp is awesome and so unique! All of the instructions including step by step pictures are available from HGTV here.

 Do you have a great repurposed book DIY project you have made? Tell me about it in the comments!

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  1. Hi Shirley. Love the post. It’s so great to see all the ideas and to feel that I’m a part of the crafting community. Neat to see that several of us have similar ideas right? Also nice to see these all in one place. Thanks for putting it all together.
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  2. We are the same person, Shirley! I love to read and have been an avid reader since the first grade!

    I made pumpkins from book pages to use as part of my centerpiece this past Thanksgiving. Everyone was very impressed!

    I love all of the fun ideas you have showcased today, especially the lamp. Love it!
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